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2 days in Venice - help plan trip please.

Albany, New York
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2 days in Venice - help plan trip please.

We are planning trip to Venice, arriving on Friday by 4-5 PM from Florence and leaving on Sunday by 1 PM back to Milan by Train. I'm looking at place to stay and looks like Mester have few options which are more reasonable in cost for my dates (May 16-May 17) compared to Venice. So how hard it is to commute from Mester to Venice if we are only there for 2 days.

Can someone help me arrange iternary please ?

WE will be arriving in Mester by 5:00 PM, after checkin-in into hotel what should we be heading out to see in evening ?

Also how safe is Mester to return back at night from Venice ?

We were thinking of doing Day in Venice tour from Viatour that covers major Venice attractions along with Gondola ride on Saturday and then on Sunday afternoon head back to Milan.

Is there anything else we can do which is better ?

Brussels, Belgium
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1. Re: 2 days in Venice - help plan trip please.

Trains from MESTRE (not Mester) across the causeway to Venezia Santa Lucia station depart frequently and take about 10 mins. There are also buses to Piazzale Roma from outside Mestre station.

I guess on your first evening you would probably want to go into Venice, and either walk to Piazza San Marco following the signs, or take a vaporetto down the Grand Canal.

I wouldn't have any concerns about returning to Mestre at night - the last train on a weekday is at 00:20.

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2. Re: 2 days in Venice - help plan trip please.

You have about a day and one-half to spend in Venice, so stay within Venice proper and not waste your time on trains and buses getting there. The savings of staying in Mestre will cost you plenty in inconvenience, if not outright disappointment. Look around. There are reasonable places to stay. Maybe a B&B.

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3. Re: 2 days in Venice - help plan trip please.

There are frequent trains and buses from Mestre to Venice that take around fifteen minutes to get to Piazzale Roma, the gateway to Venice—which is a little over two miles from Mestre.


Every year hundreds of thousands of tourists to Venice stay in hotels near the Mestre train station and have a wonderful and safe time. It's where I stay whenever I visit Venice.

Below are five excellent, inexpensive hotels near or opposite the train station in Mestre that come with a bountiful free buffet breakfast. Have a look at the recent highly positive TripAdvisor reviews by people who actually stayed at these hotels.

The Best Western Hotel Bologna, directly in front of the Mestre railway station.


The Hotel Plaza is situated in front of the Mestre railway station.


The Hotel Tritone, near the Mestre railway station.


Hotel Cris in Mestre is a budget hotel situated near the Mestre train station.



Another budget hotel near the Mestre train station is Outlet Sweet Venice:


No need to book a Viator tour. You can easily see Venice by just walking around or taking a vaporetto.

Top Ten Things to do in Venice:


Venice—Suggested Itineraries:


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4. Re: 2 days in Venice - help plan trip please.

Do stay in Venice really is preferable, not from personal experience , but often mentioned on here , Mestre Station area is not that safe at night,

In stead of taking expensive tours , buy a guide book, you can then see what you feel appeals in Venice.

5. Re: 2 days in Venice - help plan trip please.

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